Charybdis

 

A Greek mythological creature inhabiting the (modern-day) strait of Messina between the mainland of Italy and the island of Sicily. Homer’s account of Charybdis, and her partner Scylla can be found in the Odyssey. Charybdis would sink ships through her whirlpool action and remains the origin of the modern-day ocean current known for its tumultuous motion. I have traveled the treacherous strait of Messina by boat to the island of Sicily, a turbulent ride.

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2007
14″ L x 18″ H x 6″ D
photo: Paul Meissner

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